School Improvement Grant (Section 1003(g))
CSFA Number: 586-44-0434
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Annie Brooks
Short Description
To competitively provide Section 1003(g) SIG grant funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for use in Title I schools identified for priority services that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources to substantially raise the achievement levels of their students so as to enable the schools to make adequate yearly progress and to exit priority status.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
PL 107-110
Objectives and Goals
• Grantees must implement school reform efforts that result in substantially raising the achievement levels of their students so that students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers.
• Grantees must exit priority status after Year 3 of program implementation.

Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Grant funds can be used for resources/supports needed to implement approved reform initiatives to increase student achievement. Resources/supports can include personnel salaries, benefits, incentives, professional development, extended and/or enhanced curricular, instructional, and behavioral programs, and additional materials or equipment beyond what is already provided by the LEA/school for the core curriculum instruction that is needed to implement the approved reform programs and services. Federal guidance on the restrictions of SIG 1003(g) funds can be accessed at
Eligibility Requirements
LEAs with one or more priority schools (that are not current grantees) are eligible to apply for the grant. The list of priority schools is established by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and is approved by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

A priority school is a Title 1 or Title 1 eligible school that:
• Is among the persistently lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools in the state based upon a three-year average (e.g., from 2011 to 2013) performance of the “all students group” category for the percentage of students meeting/exceeding standards on state tests in reading and mathematics combined; and
• Demonstrates a lack of progress; or
• Is a Title I participating or eligible secondary school that has an average graduation rate of less than 60 percent over the last three years (e,g., 2011-2013).
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
• The State Educational Agency (SEA) submits a state application for SIG 1003(g) funds to ED. The Illinois State Application can be accessed at
• ED awards funds to the SEA after the State SIG 1003(g) Application is approved.
• The SEA holds a competitive grant award process by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP), which outlines the application process and criteria for evaluating the applications. The FY16 RFP can be accessed at
• LEAs/schools submit applications for funding to the SEA.
• External reviewers are contracted by the SEA to review and score the LEA/school applications.
• The highest-scoring applicants are interviewed for district and school capacity and program implementation readiness.
• The State Superintendent of Education may prioritize SIG 1003(g) grants for buildings in districts under independent authority by action of ISBE.
• The ISBE Board approves all final recommendations made by the State Superintendent of Education.
• With ISBE Board approval, ISBE awards grants to school sub-grantees and funds are distributed to the schools’ LEAs, which distribute them to their school(s) for program implementation.
• School grantees appropriate and expend SIG 1003(g) funds according to the approved supports and services named in the program budget that align to the identified goals in the submitted applications to support the reform efforts in the school.
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
Grantees are required to submit an initial budget outlining specific expenditures, periodic budget and/or programmatic amendments as appropriate, quarterly expenditure reports, quarterly progress reports, and an annual sustainability plan.

ISBE Division of System of Support and District Intervention staff conducts annual compliance monitoring visits and prepares comprehensive monitoring reports outlining any areas of non-compliance with grant requirements. Grantees submit a corrective action plan that outlines the corrective measures to be implemented by the LEA and/or school to address the areas of noncompliance.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Title I-Section 1003(g)

Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $18,899,922
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
51084186025-4339(16)Springfield SD 18607/01/201906/30/20201,300,000
50082189022-4339(16)East St Louis SD 18907/01/201906/30/20201,054,637
15016299025-4339(16)City of Chicago SD 29907/01/201906/30/20201,000,000
04101205025-4339(16)Rockford SD 20507/01/201906/30/2020853,037
13058501026-4339(16)Sandoval CUSD 50107/16/201906/30/2020760,000